Thursday, November 10, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

"Supermoon" will rise on November 14
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 16,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Panel Discussion, "Election 2016: What Happened? Why and What Does It Mean" – E. J. Dionne, Michael Gerson, Bob Costa, Elizabeth Diaz of Time magazine. Register at Free. In Gaston Hall at Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets NW.

Thursday, November 10 at 9 PM, "The 11/08/16 Election: Reality or Dream?" Still not sure if it really happened? This hands-on workshop will use some well-known, time-tested methods to help you distinguish reality from hallucination, fever dreams, or nightmares. We will use skin-pricks, spinning tops, and REM and EEG recording to test each participant to determine if you are perceiving reality or have slipped into some sort of altered state. Come 2 hours early for a free screening of "Inception." At NIMH. Reserve now at as NIMH may be one of the scientific institutes that could be defunded under the incoming administration.

Friday, November 11 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Veterans' Day: Generations of Service. Join tours of Tudor Place highlighting the military service of the Peter family. Get to know an American family and their military past on a richly informative guided house tour. Tours will highlight stories and artifacts of service and the home front. In honor of Veterans’ Day, servicemembers, both active-duty and retired, and their families enter free for all regular docent tours, beginning every hour on the hour from 10 am until the final tour of the day at 3 pm. Also free to Tudor Place members. Tickets for others range from $3 - $10 - children under 5 are free. Register at:

Friday, November 11 between 1 - 5 PM, Veterans Day at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Come to the NMAJCH Museum on Veterans Day to put together care packages for hospitalized veterans. What to bring: Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, sample size cans of shaving cream, deodorants/antiperspirants, etc.) Socks (must be NEW packaged), slippers (store bought non-skid only), underwear (must be NEW packaged). Games, puzzles (complete with all pieces if pre-owned). Books, including large print, (must be very clean, in good condition). Can’t bring anything? Just bring yourself to make cards, thank you notes, and put the materials we already have together into packages. At 1811 R St NW,

Friday, November 11 at 8 PM, Concert: Music of the Spheres. Join the American University Symphonic Band, directed by Ben Sonderman, for a celestial journey as they perform works inspired by the cosmos. Music influenced by science fiction will share the same stage. Tickets: $5-10 at At AU’s Katzen Arts Center at Massachusetts Ave just north of Ward Circle. More info:

Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 PM, Wilson High School Theater program presents Urinetown, the Musical. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown tells the story of a Gotham-like city in the grips of a terrible water shortage that has led to  a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Buy at the door or reserve in advance by emailing Wilsondramatickets @ gmail dot com. The show is on again next weekend (Nov. 18 & 19 at 7:30 PM with a matinee ($10 for adults) on Sat, Nov 19 at 2:30 PM. At Wilson High School Auditorium, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. Full schedule at:

Saturday, November 12 at 1 PM, “Papitam: Let’s Play.” Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month. Come learn about the Piscataway Nation through papitam "let's play." Papitám is a learning through play experience that educates kids with culturally appropriate Piscataway explorations. Free. Registration required: call 202-282-0021 to sign up.  Ages 8 and up. At Chevy Chase DC Public Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave NW.

Sunday, November 13 at 10 AM, The Hon. Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense and CEO of Center for a New American Security, is the guest at the National Cathedral’s Sunday Forum, featuring provocative and important voices on the most pressing issues of our day. Free. The National Cathedral is at Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues NW.

Sunday, November 13 from  1:30 - 3:30 PM, Future of Culture and the Arts. The Interactivity Foundation & Culture Saves in partnership with the DC Public Library present a performance and discussion on the future of culture and the arts. Q & A with the artists and small group discussions follow the artistic performance. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Monday, November 14 at 12 noon, Book Talk and Signing: "Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital." Get the lowdown on one of Washington’s most controversial figures, Alexander “Boss” Shepherd. John Richardson, author of the just-published biography Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital, will share his findings. Free. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW,

Tuesday, November 12 - 1 p.m. The Books That Shaped America series: The Joy of Cooking. Stephanie Hartman, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, at American University’s Department of Literature, will discuss The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Hartman, who teaches the American Studies course, Food, Media, and Culture, will talk about the book’s significance and the evolution of recipes, cookbooks, and food blogs. Admission and parking are free for this series, and no RSVP is required to attend. Books That Shaped America is an ongoing discussion series about books that have helped shape American society. Each discussion starts with a focal text designed to elicit conversation from attendees from the American University and DC communities. The discussion is led by a faculty or staff member from AU, and conversations extend far beyond the pages of the books themselves. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. In the Training and Events Room 115 of American University Library, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Tuesday, November 15 at 7 PM, Archaeology of Tenleytown. Learn more about the history of human habitation in Tenleytown with Dr. Ruth Trocolli, the Archaeologist for the District of Columbia. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Wednesday, November 16 from 6 - 8 PM, US Senator Cory Booker delivers the 24th Annual Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Lecture at University of the District of Columbia. At UDC Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. Register/RSVP for this free event: A public reception will follow. A $75 donation is requested for the pre-lecture reception from 5 - 6 PM -- to register for that, please go to:

Thursday, November 17 from 6 to 11 PM, Crossing the Street Van Ness will provide creative intergenerational social activities that facilitate interaction between people of diverse social and economic backgrounds. The main event will be held at the UDC Student Center located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue and events including games, live painting, and community conversation will span Connecticut Avenue between Veazey Terrace and Windom Place. This event is curated by the Ward 8 Arts and Culture Council with a grant for the DC Office of Planning in consultation with UDC and Van Ness Main. Free.

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